Head of the Class (TV Series 1986–1990) - Plot Summary Poster



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  • A group of gifted high-school students are placed together into an "enrichment" class. Although brilliant, they have much to learn about each other and themselves.

  • Charlie Moore is struggling New York actor-director, who while waiting for his big break, works as a substitute teacher. His current assignment is to "watch over" a class of student prodigies. When he sees them, he sees that the principal has more or less shut them out from the rest of the world, so he tries to show them that there's more to life than just studying and winning academic competitions. The principal doesn't exactly think that he is a positive influence on the students but when one of the students' parents, who is also on the school board, sees how he got his son to get out off his shell that he "asked" the principal to make the permanent teacher. So every week he helps the students with their personal problems, in addition to their academic ones.

  • Charlie Moore is an actor in New York, who unfortunately hasn't had much luck. While waiting for an acting job, he works as a substitute teacher. Presently he gets a job at Fillmore high school being in charge of a class called the IHP, which he discovers upon arriving is class of geniuses. The Principal, Dr. Samuels expects who ever is there to just keep an eye on them and allow the students to study on their own. But Moore decides to tell them there are things that can't be found in books, and he also encourages some of the introvert students like Arvid to go out to live life. He also tries to help the students with some personality and attitude problems like Dennis, who likes playing jokes. Eric, the street smart kid, who doesn't like being there. Alan, who's a little pompous. And there's also Janice, the ten year old. After three years, some of the students, Maria, Jawarlahal, and Maria, felt it was time to move on. So Vicki, Alex, and Aristotle joined the IHP. The following year Mr. Moore got his big break, so he left and the new teacher was Billy MacGregor, a Scott, who liked making jokes to loosen the students.

  • A laidback teacher provides needed guidance about life for a special class of exceptional students.


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